Chapters 185 and 186 of the Acts of Assembly of the 2022 Session of the Virginia General Assembly established in Code the Virginia Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Historic Preservation Fund (BIPOC). The purpose of the legislation is to create a grant program to protect and support Virginia’s historically underserved and underrepresented communities and the cultural and historical sites associated with them. This fund will provide grants for the acquisition, protection, and rehabilitation of historic and archaeological sites of significance associated with Virginia’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
This webpage has been created to provide communications regarding the establishment of this program within the Department of Historic Resources. Here you will find a timeline, a general overview of the grant program, a point of contact, and some ideas for initial plans for public participation. Please check this webpage frequently as we will be making updates to it as we work through formulating and establishing this important grant program.
Preservation Virginia and DHR hosted a webinar in 2023 to introduce the grant program. The webinar was recorded and can be viewed HERE.
The BIPOC Grant Manual is linked HERE . Please read through the document to become familiar with the grant requirements. This grant manual is subject to change.
The first step in the application process is the Project Screening Form. The form will help determine if the project meets minimum eligibility requirements as set out in the legislation and grant manual. We will let you know if your project is eligible for this grant fund and email you the full grant application. See the grant manual for further details.
All grant recipients must convey a perpetual historic preservation and open-space easement to the Board of Historic Resources (pursuant to Virginia Code § 10.1-2202.4) or other holder pursuant to the Open-Space Land Act (Virginia Code § 10.1-1700). For any holder other than the Board of Historic Resources, the Department shall review the terms and conditions of the easement as well as the capacity and expertise of the holder to enforce the terms of the easement. Note: grant recipients will need to submit a separate easement application form to DHR’s Easement Program. Please contact Karri Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the easement application process and requirements.
PUBLIC INFORMATION SURVEY
As DHR develops the Virginia Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Historic Preservation (BIPOC) fund grant program, we welcome your feedback through our public input survey. The survey was developed to gather comments and recommendations from interested parties about what historic resources and regions of Virginia are important to them as they relate to BIPOC communities. All submissions are anonymous.
POINT OF CONTACT